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Korea-Tübingen PhD Program: Project 4/2024: PhD Project Title: Atomic-scale structure and dynamics of lead-halide perovskites.

Topic Description: The aim of this project is to apply novel X-ray scattering techniques at synchrotron sources to reveal the details of crystal structure and dynamics of lead-halide perovskites – prospective materials for photovoltaics, including solar cells and LEDs. We will study how various external conditions, such as temperature, moisture, and illumination, influence the atomic structure of perovskites. We will also study the effects of ion migration on the stability of perovskite-based solar cells and other devices. The experimental focus of the project will be on the application of novel X-ray scattering techniques, such as coherent X-ray scattering and X-ray nanodiffraction.

Faculty: Faculty of Sciences
Institute/Section/Subject: Institute of Applied Physics

Supervising Professor(s): Dr. Ivan Zaluzhnyy (habilitand), co-supervision with Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Frank Schreiber

About the Supervisor(s): Dr. Ivan Zaluzhnyy obtained his PhD in 2017 for work performed at DESY (Hamburg, Germany), spent his post-doc time at UCSD (San Diego, USA) and currently is doing his habilitation at the University of Tübingen. Research interests: X-ray scattering, coherence applications, nanofocused X-ray diffraction, soft matter, thin films, lead-halide perovskites. Group web-page:

Requirements for the application:
Required Degrees: Master or equivalent degree in Physics or Chemistry
Language Requirements: English (IELTS 6,5 or TOEFL equivalent)
Notes: Knowledge of programming languages such as Python or Matlab is an advantage. Practical lab skills and enjoying experimental work is also a plus..

For further instructions on how to apply, more information on the program and contact details please see below.
Korea-Tübingen PhD Program
The University of Tübingen have established a PhD Program which supports Korean nationals from partner Universities wishing to carry out all or part of their PhD study in Tübingen.

  • Cheju National University
  • Chonbuk National University
  • Chungnam National University
  • Ewha Womans University
  • Hanyang University
  • Korea University
  • Pusan National University
  • Seoul National University
  • Sogang University
  • Sookmyung Women's University
  • Sungkyunkwan University
  • Yonsei University

  • Aims:
    • providing high quality research training to qualified students from Korean universities
    • developing education and research collaborations between the University of Tübingen and Korean universities and research institutions

    Target group:
    Excellent postgraduate and doctoral students from Korean partner universities who are citizens and permanent residents of the Republic of Korea at the time of application

    Application Process:
    • June 30: Application deadline. Applications must be handed in through the online application system of the University of Tübingen
    • between July 4 and 7: round of interviews in English
    • by July 30: Successful applicants will be officially informed and provided letters of admission.
    • by Oct 1: Program participants arrive in Tübingen

    • How to Apply:
      In order to apply you need to upload the following documents combined in 1 PDF
      • Cover/Motivation letter with the description of academic characteristics that qualify you to complete the PhD project successfully
      • CV
      • Academic transcripts*
      • Proof of proficient English language skills - TOEFL iBT 95 or IELTS 6.5 or equivalent

      *List of required Academic transcripts (including official translation into German or English for documents issued in Korean)
      1) Bachelor’s Degree Award Certificate / Bachelor Gradverleihungsurkunde
      2) Transcript of the subjects and marks / Fächer- und Notenübersicht for your Bachelor’s degree/ für das Bachelorstudium
      3) Master’s Degree Award Certificate / Master-Gradverleihungsurkunde
      4) Transcript of the subjects and marks for your Master’s Degree / Fächer- und Notenübersicht für das Masterstudium

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